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100% Syrah from granite soils, hand harvested, destemmed, 3 week vinification in vat & new 600-litre oak casks, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 50% new, 50% 1-year 228-litre oak casks 15 months, filtered, 3,600 b

2018 ()

(casks) handsome dark robe; the bouquet gives clear fruit aromas, black cherry, smoky blueberry, carries oak. The palate comes with a good, enjoyable, cool blackberry fruited content, persists well, goes long and retains its shape all through. The structure is here for a good, gradual evolution. The fruit has intensity, persistence, and the end texture is smooth beyond the grain tannins that will enter well into it over time. The oak is prominent for now, so wait until 2023 at the earliest. 14°. 3,600 b. €31. 2043-45 Nov 2019

2017 ()

(casks) very dark robe. The nose has an air of blackberry lozenges seasoned with a little salt, a hint of musky flowers and sweet oak. It’s a dense, solid, rather southern climes opening. The palate holds fleshy, savoury content, with oak and tannins apparent from the mid-point – in that respect it is cellar-led for now. There are dark fruits with good life in them to offset the oaking. It’s a little painted by numbers, but fills the glass pretty well. From mid-2021. 2038-40 Dec 2018

2015 ()

(casks) deep, shiny robe. The nose is surrounded by toffee-oak, with crushed cassis, coulis style fruit airs within. It’s rounded, and less plunging than some. There are notions of dried herbs. The palate holds easy flow black fruit with a close-knit tannin attached. It’s modern, cleaned up Cornas without the heartbeat of the best. The fruit runs suavely. From mid-2018. 2027-30 Oct 2016

2011 ()

dark robe. The nose is compact for now – there is an air of coated black fruit, tar, licorice, plus oak and its grain; there is snap in the air, prominent oak. This has a violet-dark chocolate flavour, prune fruit underneath. Sturdy wine, a little thick, with its gras securely centred. Decent promise, plenty in the glass here. It will be free of oak on the finish from 2015-16. It is cellar-led now, and will be more truly Cornasien from 2017-18. 2023-24  Nov 2012